MVT Gets “Reconnected” During 2023 Annual Meeting, Releases FY 2022 Annual Report

Thursday August 3, 2023

To detail this past year’s many accomplishments in support of our continued efforts to reconnect with each other and the surrounding city, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) along with dozens of stakeholders, partners, and other invited guests gathered in the rooftop patio of Capitol Vista Apartments on Tuesday, August 1 for its 2023 Annual Meeting. Named “The Future of Affordable Housing” by Building Design+Construction, Capitol Vista offers spectacular views across the entire city from atop one of America’s premiere “luxury affordable housing” developments.

The meeting also included release of the FY 2022 Annual Report as well as the following highlights:

  • Opening remarks by MVT CID Board Chair Berk Shervin, a long-time property owner whose company in significant partnership with Quadrangle Development Corporation has developed many notable properties in Mount Vernon Triangle.
  • Host welcome by Capitol Vista construction manager and MVT CID Board Member Tessa Hall.
  • A “State of the CID” address by MVT CID President & CEO Kenyattah Robinson. [view presentation]
  • Keynote remarks by Ami Angell, President & Founder of The h3 Project. MVT CID contracts with h3 Project to provide homeless outreach in the Mount Vernon Triangle community. Dr. Angell shared news of three formerly encamped individuals at an adjacent property who are now in the process of becoming Capitol Vista residents, thus now having a safe, stable, and affordable home to call their own.
  • Presentation of the Clean Team “Rookie of the Year,” “Steve Powell Award for Outstanding Performance,” and “Ambassador of the Year” awards by DC’s Department of Small and Local Development’s (DSLBD) Cristina Amoruso, Capitol Hill Business Improvement District President Patty Brosmer, and James Perry, a licensed clinical social worker who meets with our Clean Team weekly as a group as well as individually on an as-needed basis.
    • Steve Powell was a long-time Clean Team Ambassador who passed away in December 2022 after a brief and unexpected hospitalization.
    • MVT CID’s Clean Team program is supported by public-private funding from property owners as well as a DSLBD grant.
    • Capitol Hill BID is MVT CID’s contract street cleaning services provider.
  • Presentation of the 2023 Community Partner of the Year Award to Kelsey Bridges of the District Department of Transportation for her partnership in the conversion of 4-1/2 Street NW & Prather’s Court NW – collectively “Prather’s Alley” – to one-way southbound operation. [watch video acceptance]
  • Presentation of the 2023 Community Stakeholder of the Year Award to Elena Anderson for her years of dedicated and meaningful service to the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood and MVT CID.
  • Presentation of MVT CID’s FY 2022 Financial Results by MVT CID Board Treasurer & 460-462 K Street NW owner Aubrey Stephenson.

MVT CID Board Secretary & RASA Co-Founder Rahul Vinod announced that the individuals below were elected to serve a three-year term on the MVT CID Board of Directors:

  • Matthew Butler (Renewal Candidate), Chief Operating Officer, D.C. Bar [D.C. Bar owns and occupies the commercial property at 901 4th Street NW]
  • Jimmy Dodson (Renewal Candidate), Project Manager, Paradigm Companies [Paradigm along with Steuart Investments co-owns Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle I & II Apartments]
  • Barbara Finan (New Candidate), Director of Asset Services, Cushman & Wakefield [Cushman & Wakefield manages the commercial property at 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW]
  • David Germakian (Renewal Candidate), Senior Vice President, Regional Lead, Mid-Atlantic Region, EDENS [EDENS owns and manages the City Vista retail property]
  • Tom McDowell (New Candidate), Director of Operations, K Street Development Company, LLC [K Street Development Company owns and operates the retail property at 476 K Street NW, which includes Restaurant dLeña]
  • Vera McPherson (New Candidate), Vice President, W.H.H. Trice & Co. [W.H.H. Trice & Co. manages the residential property at 200 & 401 K Streets NW]
  • Aubrey Stephenson (Renewal Candidate), President, Federal Management Systems [Federal Management Systems owns and occupies the commercial property at 460-462 K Street NW]
  • Sean Sullivan (New Candidate), Vice President of Development, Boston Properties [Boston Properties along with Steuart Investments co-owns the large surface parking lot and development site at 1001 6th Street NW]
  • Dr. James Terrell (Renewal Candidate), Pastor, Second Baptist Church [Second Baptist Church owns property at 816 3rd Street NW, which has provided spiritual and civic service in Mount Vernon Triangle and the District of Columbia since 1848, prior to the Civil War]

Also announced at the annual meeting was formation of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to complement and elevate the work of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District through civic and philanthropic initiatives in the areas of parks and open space maintenance; infrastructure and public realm improvements; community events and programming; arts and cultural activations; and human support. Additional information about this important new initiative and how the public can participate is forthcoming, so please stay tuned for further information in the weeks ahead.

Immediately prior to the meeting, Metropolitan Police Department Acting Chief Pamela Smith introduced herself to attendees and spoke to the critical connection between public safety and Mount Vernon Triangle’s continued growth. She also cited our Clean Team’s important role as consistent, steady eyes and ears on our streets, thus making them a vital first line of defense in our community’s ongoing safety.

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